Seattle Opera’s “An American Dream” spotlights Japanese American injustice

Revival of the 2015 chamber opera features collaborations with local Japanese American and civil rights groups.
Aug 31, 2017
The author, with his Guam ID. (Photo by dåko'ta alcantara-camacho)

Guam: Where America’s day begins with injustice

For Washington’s 9000-strong Chamorro community, getting hassled going into bars is just the tip of the warship. 
Nov 27, 2013

Forget Mad Men, Ukrainian youth are crazy for the Soviet 60s

A crescent of twinkling lights and the blown-out mouth of a comic book style submarine cave are the last I see of Balaklava before we fly off the side of the road. We’re in Crimea, a little semi-island to the south of Ukraine and the east of Russia. Most Americans my age would know this […]
Aug 30, 2012

Japantown’s Panama Hotel hides a treasure trove of history

In 1942, in a fervor of wartime paranoia, President Roosevelt ordered Japanese-Americans into internment camps for the duration of WWII. The internment had an especially large impact in Seattle’s Japantown, where Japanese-Americans, many of them US-born citizens, were forced to abandon their homes and businesses almost overnight. Before they were led away to the camps, some […]
Jun 6, 2012